SECOND ALTERNATES AT THE ARKANSAS STATE FAIR PAGEANT: Sydney Elizabeth Brown (r) 18 year old daughter of Terry and Becky Brown of Viola. She is a senior at Calico Rock High School and will attend Harding University at Searcy. Mary Katherine Estes, 19 year old daughter of Jason and Monica Estes of Salem. She is a 2016 graduate of Salem High School and is attending Arkansas State University Mountain Home. See additional photos on page 8 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.

by Willetta Everett
USDA funds were used to purchase livestock under a direct operating loan for a rural youth. This enabled Seth Adam McCurley, a member of the Izard County Consolidated School FFA, to purchase livestock for his FFA project.
Seth, as a member of the ICC Show Team, has been outstanding in showing his livestock since he first obtained a FSA youth loan in 2010. He has registered Brangus and Ultra-Black cattle along with a few Boer goats. He has won awards at every competition he has entered from the local county, district and state. He is a very dedicated young man and takes pride in his livestock. In a recent interview Seth said he has gained many good friends while showing his livestock as well as learned the value of responsibility and helping others.
He also said that caring for livestock is hard work, but rewarding. One thing he said he learned quickly was that a long-sleeved shirt coupled with a show-ring and livestock gets really hot!
In 2012, Seth went to Louisiana and participated in the Jr. National Brangus Show. His Brangus bull won second place in the yearling bull class.
This was a good opportunity for Seth to meet kids from across the U.S. who were also active in showing livestock. His Brangus bull then went on to win Supreme Bull in the 2012 Izard County Fair. 
Also in 2012, his Ultra Black heifer won Grand Champion AOB-American Heifer at the Arkansas State Fair, and was inducted into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club. He has won the following belt buckles: 2008 Izard County Fair-Supreme Market Goat, 2009 Izard County Fair-Supreme Market Goat, 2010 NAYLS(North Arkansas Youth Livestock Shows)-Cattle Herdsman, 2011 NAYLS-Goat Herdsman, 2012 Izard County Fair-Supreme Bull, 2013 North Central Arkansas District Fair-Jr. Goat Showmanship, and 2014 Izard County Fair-Goat Herdsman.
Congratulations Seth on your accomplishments!

Graduating seniors in Fulton County who have participated in county, district, or state fairs have the opportunity to apply for three scholarships, the Fulton County Fair Foundation Scholarship, the North Central Arkansas District Fair Billy Ray Nix Memorial Scholarship, and the Arkansas Fair Manager’s Association Scholarship. Applications are available online at www.fultoncountyfair.org and should be completed and turned into the Fulton County Fair Office at least five days before the deadline listed on the application. This will give fair officials time to get the scholarship applications to the appropriate scholarship committee. The scholarship applications can be completed online and printed for submission. All applications must be typed.
All scholarship applications should be submitted to the Fulton County Fair office. The North Central Arkansas District Fair Billy Ray Nix Memorial Scholarship is due by February 26. The Arkansas Fair Managers Association Scholarship is due by March 10, and the Fulton County Fair Foundation Scholarship is due March 26. If you have questions, please contact Fulton County Fair Manager Carolyn Lewis at clewis@fultoncountyfair.org or call the fair office at 870-895-5565.

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LOCAL BEAUTY WINS AT STATE: Kaylee Jo Guthrie of Melbourne was Third Runner-Up in the State Junior Fair Queen Pageant held Saturday, October 18 in Little Rock. Photo/R.Guthrie